It’s International Women’s Day! And let’s face it, isn’t everyday really International Women’s Day? So, this blog post is dedicated to some the fantastic female characters we’ve been blessed with.
There’s some amazing female characters out there. They’re complex, funny, smart, opinionated, kind, determined, adventurous and brave. They embark on some inspiring journeys and we, the reader, get to experience it all with them.
I’m going to list a few of my favourite female characters and share the reasons why I love them.
First up is Katniss Everdeen. ‘The Hunger Games’. The love I have for Katniss Everdeen is something else. She’s strong, yet in touch with her emotions. She supports her family. She takes on The Hunger Games with bravery and compassion. Then she ends up being the face of a rebellion, always trying to do right. I just love her.
‘You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.’
Secondly is Hermione Granger. ‘Harry Potter Series.’ The only female in the trio of friends , and probably the best of the trio. Beyond intelligent. Her brains and bravery often save the day. We always see her strive to be better, whether it’s school or friendship. Hermione is inspiration to girls and boys out there.
‘Now if you two don’t mind, I’m going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed or worse expelled.’
Thirdly is August Boatwright from ‘The Secret Life of Bees’. August is one of my favourite characters from any novel ever. She is compassion personified. She takes care of her family, has a passion for bees and a strong faith. I’d love to meet her. A proud black woman at a time when it wasn’t easy. I adore her.
‘There is nothing perfect, only life.’
Next up is Minny Jackson from ‘The Help’. I love Minnie, her character starts off as being the comic relief in this fantastic book. As we get to know her, we realise her strength, her compassion, her kindness. Minnie is a maid in the 60s in the south, with an abusive husband and yet somehow manages to stay strong. Minny ends up displaying her strength with the ultimate act of defiance.
‘Eat my shit’
Then we have June Osborne from ‘The Handmaids Tale. Although we meet June as ‘Offred’ at first, we soon find out who she really is. Although June is in a place where women’s right are totally repressed, she’s only kept around because of fertility, June never loses her fighting spirit. Intelligent, brave and witty. June is a huge inspiration.
‘Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the barstards grind you down.’
We also have Alein Galathynius from ‘The Throne of Glass Series’. We go on such a journey this character. She starts out as a cold, hard-hearted character and turns into a brave, open hearted, caring leader, friend and Queen. You’re on her side the whole time. She’s a character braver than most men. A total bad-ass.
‘My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name is Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what my name is.
There’s also Star Jackson from ‘The Hate U Give’. Star witnessed something horrible and unjust and is willing and brave enough to speak up about. She’s a character we can all admire. Her refusal to be silent, her heartbreak and her decency spark a national movement. She a relevant story for our times, and a female protagonist that will become a legend.
‘What’s the point of having a voice if your gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be.’
So there we have it, some amazing female characters. Do you have any female characters that you just love? Let me know.
Also, all these characters are written by women. Coincidence, I think not.
Happy International Women’s Day.
Until the next review